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Industrial Policy in Advanced Economies in the 21st century

Location: London School of Economics

24 May 2019

Download programme: Industrial Policy Programme


CEP is hosting a workshop on Industrial Policy in advanced economies in the 21st Century, bringing together leading academics and policy makers.

The workshop’s keynote lecture will be given by Dani Rodrik (Harvard University).

Industrial Policy is enjoying a resurgence in advanced economies. Policy makers are putting forward policies to provide specific support for certain sectors, technologies or types of firms. Policy approaches include the setting of strategic objectives, facilitation of loose networks, active financial support, modifications to competition law and state ownership of key assets. This follows a period where such vertical targeting has been frowned upon because it was expected to lead to rent seeking, white elephants, waste of taxpayers’ money and distortion of competition and factor allocation.


Download programme: Industrial Policy Programme

The event will consist of 3 sessions:

Session 1: Keynote presentation by Prof Dani Rodik (John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University)

Session 2: Presentations by Prof John Van Reenen and Prof Swati Dhingra (LSE) followed by a Policy Panel featuring: Sam Lister (BEIS); Rebecca Endean (UKRI); Andy Haldane (Bank of England); Rain Newton Smith (CBI); and Philipp Steinberg (BMWi Germany).

Session 3: Academic presentations by: Ufuk Akcigit (Chicago); Ernst Liu (Princeton); Andres Rodriguez-Clare (Berkeley); and Ralf Martin (CEP, LSE & Imperial).


Attendance is by invitation only. If you would like more information on how to attend, please email cep.events@lse.ac.uk with your details and specify which sessions you are inteterested in joining.

Conference organisers: Prof Giammario Impullitti, Prof Ralf Martin and Prof Henry Overman.

This event has been organised with generous support from the Bertelsman Stiftung and EU Horizon 2020 Watson project.